Category Archives: Periods – Medieval

An army I’d probably never build

By Rob Morgan A little while ago, I wrote a few lines about Charlemagne on the table-top, and alongside that particular Osprey title on my bookshelves was another well written David Nicolle Osprey Men-at-Arms with the inevitably magnificent Angus McBride … Continue reading

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Another view of ‘The Age of Charlemagne’ (Osprey No. 150)

By Rob Morgan I somehow didn’t get around to reviewing the Osprey on the Carolingian age, I intended to, but it seems to have slipped away from me, as have a number of others. It’s been my intention to review … Continue reading

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‘Age of Charlemagne’ (Osprey) review added

Jonathan Aird has added a review of an Osprey title on the age of Charlemagne. It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page. Share this…emailPrintFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedin +2

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Two discounted wargames books available

By Rob Morgan That excellent mail order discount book dealer Postscript (details below) has two sound wargames titles in its new March 2021 List, No. 326, which arrived here today. Both are Pen & Sword titles, and both are by … Continue reading

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Hostages in the Middle Ages

By Rob Morgan The International Relations department bought this book, largely I suspect because the last chapter indicates that between 1968 and 1986 there were, internationally some 549 hostage-taking incidents. But in the medieval world things were much different. The  … Continue reading

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New sample article now posted

A new sample article has been posted. It’s by Kevin White and describes how he adapted rules for an Agincourt campaign based on an original idea from Don Featherstone. It’s on the Sample Articles page. Share this…emailPrintFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedin 0

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Amazons!

By Rob Morgan June 24th in the Year of Our Lord 1542 may possibly have been one of the most unusual in Spanish military history. On that day, in a prolonged and lively skirmish, rather than a battle, the men … Continue reading

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The chess board as the ultimate portable wargame

By Jim Rohrer Wargaming on a chessboard combines the advantages of playing on a small space, portability, and using a grid.  Some special rules are needed to avoid confusion.  For example, no diagonal movements are allowed.  One-Hour Wargames rules lend … Continue reading

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Polish scythe-men

(Editor’s note: This comment by Rob Morgan is in response to Jim Rohrer’s question in the earlier blog post on “Scythes as weapons.”) By Rob Morgan Scythes? A fascinating and long running subject, Jim. The scythe, from its medieval origins, … Continue reading

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Scythes as weapons

By Rob Morgan I’ve just read an article in The Antiquaries Journal (Volume 99, September 2019, pp. 225-270) by Edward Impey of the Royal Armouries. It’s entitled “A Desperate Weapon: Re-hafted scythes at Sedgemoor in warfare and in the Tower … Continue reading

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